SHANA TOVA TEMPLE SINAI!
It was quite a difficult and powerful moment to learn that Ruth Bader Ginsberg just as we were about to recite Kaddish together. Our tradition teaches us that to die on the eve of Rosh HaShanah is a sign of great righteousness. We know that Justice Ginsberg attributed her love of justice and fairness to her upbringing in a Conservative Jewish home…
Also in this email:
– Thank-you’s to those who made our online Rosh Hashanah services look so professional
– Death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg
– Shabbat Shuva and Yom Kipppur events and service schedule
– Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
– Intro to Judaism course
Shalom Horim/Dear Parents: I hope everyone had a good New Year. I know some of you heard that my husband, Bruce Chalmer, had a subdural hematoma and landed in the hospital this weekend to have a brain drain. Thank God it went well and he’s home now. It wasn’t how we planned to spend Rosh […]
Genesis 1 tells that God created us, all of us, all genders, all types in God’s image. And that is actually kind of trippy since we are also taught that God has no image. So what might it mean? With consciousness, with free will, with curiosity, with the ability to choose right from wrong. With the flame of God not on a mountaintop somewhere, but within each of us.
Tonight, on this eve of our New Year, I’m not going to deliver a formal sermon in robes. Without any of you here listening, in this year of pandemic, it just doesn’t seem fitting, and anyway, that sort of formality just doesn’t work very well on ZOOM. Instead of making us feel the grandeur and gravity of the day, formal robes on a bimah on a screen in a room where you aren’t with me only highlights the distance and separation, and I want to feel as connected as is possible through this medium…
Shalom Mishpachot/Dear Families: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry’” We had a run through with the teaching staff and things did not go well. Rather than begin a new school year with technical problems, we are going to take more time to work them out. This week we will work on […]
Shalom Mishpachot/Dear Families: I can’t believe school begins in less than a week! We’re just about ready – I hope you are too.We will be using Google Meet for our video platform. I believe it’s easier if you have a Google/Gmail account, but not totally necessary. However, you may want to set up a Google […]
During the 5781 High Holy Days, please help those who are hungry in our community. Two Easy Ways to Give Online Make a direct donation to the South Burlington Food Shelf to help them purchase needed items at low cost. Consider becoming a Food Hero, and give monthly, to help families throughout the year. Dedicate […]
SHALOM TEMPLE SINAI!
Next week, you will be receiving an electronic High Holy Day Kit that will include a range of resources to help you engage Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur meaningfully this year, despite the sense of loss at not being able to be together in the Sanctuary. We feel the urge to gather in synagogue on the High Holy Days, like salmon feel the urge to swim home, like humans feel the urge to pray together…
Also in this email:
– High Holidays events
– How to engage the holidays via ZOOM
– #BlackJewishUnity Week
– Special Torah Study this week
– Selichot with Dan Nichols
– Thursdays in Elul – Final session
In celebration of the enduring ties between America’s Black and Jewish communities, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the National Urban League (NUL) are partnering to designate the week of September 7th as Black-Jewish Unity Week. Our histories in America differ profoundly, and yet we share a history of discrimination and violence. The two […]
There are many things we’ve accomplished in my two years at Temple Sinai that I’m very proud of, and I’m excited about our future. Still, as we approach the new year, I’ve been reflecting on my work here, and I know there is one area where I have not lived up to my own expectations: keeping up with email.
Also in this email:
– Burlington Community Shofar Sounding event
– Special Torah Study – Prayers of the High Holidays
– Thursdays in Elul
– Upcoming events